The agency said on Friday that NASA officials last month promoted the managers of the private crew’s inaugural flight into space to become the first female head of a human space flight.
NASA Head Jim Bridenstine announced on Twitter!
“Kathy Lueders has been selected to lead @NASA’s Human Exploration & Operations Mission Directorate,” NASA head Jim Bridenstine announced on Twitter.
“Kathy Lueders has successfully managed both commercial staff and commercial cargo programs and is the right person to lead the HEO as we prepare to send astronauts to the moon in 2024,” he added.
Lueders, who joined NASA in 1992, oversaw the launch of two astronauts to the International Space Station on the SpaceX rocket on May 30, the first commercial flight in space.
For years, she has been in charge of a complete space capsule testing program developed by SpaceX, Boeing and other companies to build such a spacecraft in partnership with NASA. There are things that can take humans safely into space.
“You can never make a short sale to NASA and the SpaceX team. They’ve done amazing things for me,” Lueders said in a briefing before the start of last month.
The commercial space flight program for NASA was launched a decade ago under the administration of then-President Barack Obama, a dramatic change for the space agency, which had previously designed and built its own rockets and space vehicles.
Set by President Donald Trump’s administration, NASA’s schedule aims to land two astronauts on the moon in 2024 using heavy SLS rockets and Orion capsules.
But the program is behind schedule and NASA has not made a final decision on which company will build Moon Lander.